Girl’s First Deer is a Lifetime Memory

Girl’s First Deer is a Lifetime Memory

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They say hope is what we cling to when reality has left us with nothing else, but I have to disagree. As the minutes ticked down on the second-to-last day of my daughter’s first deer season, we weren’t clinging.

We were hanging on by our fingernails.

Thankfully, Emily had a champion’s attitude. She sat quietly for several morning and afternoon vigils, all from the ground, without seeing the first hint of a whitetail. One sit was literally that — on the bare ground — because Dad forgot to bring a chair for that blind. Another three-hour session was spent watching full trees in motion during an afternoon of sustained 30 mph winds. None of that deterred her, however,…



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